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February 17, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Return to me with your whole heart

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was very good to be able to return to school today in person. It was particularly important for all of us because today is Ash Wednesday. All of our students, faculty and staff were able to go to Mass today and receive ashes as we begin this holy season of Lent.

Fr. Pete gave a remarkable homily today. He reminded us about the critical importance of sacrifice, especially a spiritual sacrifice. He told us that over the past year we have all learned a great deal about real sacrifice; wearing masks, keeping our distance, being away from family. We know in very real ways what sacrifice looks and feels like. The challenge Fr. Pete placed before us now is to look deep inside ourselves and find that which separates us from God. This must be our Lenten observance.

I want to ask everyone to pray for our full return to health. Our beginning vaccinations last week are a big step forward. Please do all that you can outside of school to help keep one another safe and well. Also, please pray for the success of our Principal Search process. The committee will be conducting interviews this Saturday.

The first reading for today is from the Prophet Joel (Jl. 2:12). The prophet tells us, “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart. Lent is the time which the Church sets aside for us to do just this. We are challenged as Fr. Pete said to give up that which separates us from a deeper relationship with our God.

May this season of Lent help us to know and understand all that we have learned during this pandemic about sacrifice. In this way, may we work to become more fully what God intends us to be. May we be able to more fully embrace the prophet’s call; return to me with your whole heart.


Dan Minelli

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School News

IOWA Testing Begins Feb 22

For all students in grades 2-7, IOWA testing will begin on Monday, Feb 22 and run through Friday, March 5. All testing this year will begin promptly following morning announcements and will end each day by 10:00 am. If school were to be on a two hour delay, all IOWA testing would be cancelled for that day.

***It is IMPERATIVE that students not be tardy

and/or have any outside appointments

between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am during

these two weeks. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this important matter.

Students who arrive to school tardy or late from an appointment will not be permitted to go to their classroom until the next testing session begins. All missed tests will need to be made up as soon as possible.

Online Technology Support

We are pleased to inform you that students may now access Technology Support for their laptop issues via our school website

To access support they will need to hover over the "Student" tab at the top of the home page and from the drop-down menu, click on Technology Support. They will then fill out a short form which automatically alerts Mr. Zach Collins. He will then respond as soon as possible.

We hope that students will find this new tool useful. Teachers will also be going over how to navigate the website and submit a computer issue.

Re-registration Forms Due

If your family is planning to return to St. John's School next year and has not yet turned in a

re-registration form, please return your form as soon as possible.

*The $225 non-refundable registration fee is due by March 5, 2021.

After March 5, the re-registration fee will be $300.

If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please add their name to the purple registration form along with your older student(s) and contact the school office to request a Kindergarten Registration packet.

Registration forms can also be found on the home page of our school website at

Spread the Word...Win a $500 Tuition Credit

***Would you like to be the lucky winner of a $500 tuition credit?

Simply refer a new family to St. John's School (Preschool-8th grade) and upon their official registration, your family's name will be entered into a drawing for a $500 tuition credit. Winners will be announced at our fall Open House in August.

Drive-thru Lenten Fish Fry

The St. John's Annual Fish Fry begins this Friday! Due to the pandemic, this year will be carry out only.


Fridays During Lent

February 19 - March 26

4:30-7:30 pm

A menu and order form are attached below for your convenience. Please click here Fish Fry for more information or visit the St. John's Parish website at

867 Pounds of Canned Goods

On behalf of Corpus Christi Food Pantry, a sincere thank you to all students, teachers, and staff who participated and helped with the Catholic Schools Week food drive. Your generous efforts resulted in 867 pounds of non-perishable canned goods, etc.

Order Your 2020-21 Yearbook

Don't miss out on all the memories!

New this year, all orders will need to be placed online.

Cost $18


Yearbook ID Code: 12651121

Performing Arts Assistant(s) Needed

Amy Eyers, our Performing Arts Leader, is looking for an assistant (or two) to help with rehearsals each week, coordinate volunteers, and help send emails.

St. John's Performing Arts Program (grades 6-8) is a wonderful extra curricular for our students and without additional adult volunteers, it may not be possible to continue the program next year. Ideally, we would like to find someone this year so they could learn a little about how things work and then be able to step in next year.

If interested in becoming a volunteer assistant, please contact Amy Eyers at

Inclement Weather Procedures and Busing

St. John's follows Northwest Local Schools regarding inclement weather procedures. If they are closed, we will also be closed. In case of a two hour delay, both school and transportation will begin two hours later.

Morning preschool and half day kindergarten will be cancelled for a two hour delay. Please refer to page 19 of your Student Handbook (accessible on the school website under the Parent tab) for further information.

***For students that are bused by another school district (Mt. Healthy or Fairfield), you are expected to follow the announcements of Northwest Local Schools. Please note that if Mt. Healthy and/or Fairfield Schools are CLOSED and we are open, your student(s) will NOT have busing to and from school that day.

Covid Testing Protocol

If you, your child, or someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, please keep your child or children home from school while waiting for the results.

Please notify the school that this is the reason for their absence on the attendance line.

Resource Development

Kroger Community Rewards Earned $5654.85

We are excited to share that St. John's School earned a total of $5654.85 from the Kroger Community Rewards Program in 2020. These funds are put into Resource Development and help keep tuition costs down.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who have already linked their Kroger Plus card to St. John's. If you shop at Kroger and have not yet linked your Kroger Plus card to any particular organization, you too could be earning money for our school with every Kroger purchase.

Go to to register.

Use the St. John's code 80216

(or search for St. John the Baptist Dry Ridge).

Verify that you are linked at the bottom of your Kroger receipt.

Thank you for your ongoing support!


Derby Day

May 1, 2021

7:00-11:00 pm

Silent Auction, Pick-a-Purse Raffle, Basket Raffle

Games & More!

We hope that you can join us for a fun ladies night out! A limited number of tickets will be sold in order to maintain social distancing protocol. Stay tuned for more information and a link to purchase tickets.

financial aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunity for Current 7th Grade Students

ESAP is pleased to announce the 2021 Butch and Karen Hubert Scholarship Program to current 7th grade students.

To be considered, current 7th grade students must complete an application and write an essay about a time they helped someone when it was not required. Winners will receive $1000 toward their 8th grade tuition at their current Catholic grade school.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021.

Winners will be notified at the end of May.

*Please see file attachments below for more details and the application form.

Ed Choice Scholarships

The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program provides students from designated failing public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program also provides low-income students who are entering kindergarten through 12th grade scholarship opportunities.

For the RENEWAL of both financial (income based) and traditional (school district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, applications are now being accepted online.

For NEW traditional (school district based) Ed Choice Scholarships, enrollment will not be available until March 2, 2021. To view a list of designated public schools that are eligible for the traditional type, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website. You may however bring your scholarship request applications along with a copy of a current utility bill to the school office anytime. Your student(s) must be registered at St. John's for the 2021-22 school year before any scholarship requests can be submitted.

For more information about tuition assistance, please visit our school website under the Admissions tab. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Katterjohn at or call 385-7970.

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Box Tops Collection Next Week

It's time for another Box Tops collection!

Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Friday, Feb. 26

Please send to school any clipped Box Tops in either a ziploc bag or envelope with your child's name and teacher's name written on it.

The Box Tops that are blue and say "SCAN YOUR RECEIPT" should not be sent to school. The Box Top Program is transitioning to a scan only system. When purchasing products that have the new style "Scan Only" label, you must download the Box Tops App on your smart phone and scan your receipts. Be sure to assign St. John the Baptist School as your organization.

Thank you for your continued support of this program which allows for the purchase of fun recess equipment for our students.

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